Readers, while I was sitting on my ceramic Pintastic yesterday, I stumbled upon a colorful fashion spread in this week's New York magazine, entitled "Street Pajamas." Apparently, female versions of classic men's pajamas are the new look du jour for gals. They're not just for sleeping anymore!
The feature (which you can view online here) profiles four women about this new fashion trend. Notice anything they have in common?
Writer-blogger (ahem), Public-Relations Assistant, Fashion Consultant, Writer -- welcome to the 21st Century workforce! It's no wonder these women can wear pajamas all day.
The jobs these women have don't exactly match the prices of these jammies, however. How many writer-bloggers are spending $2,500 for an outfit, let alone one that has a drawstring waist and comes in S, M, L, & XL?
The loose, flowing pant look is cute, just as it was in the 1930's worn by such actresses as Ginger Rogers and Betty Grable. In the old days, however, lounging pajamas were more like playsuits crossed with lingerie than the menswear-inspired pj's being promoted in the magazine, and they weren't intended to be worn downtown.
I recently acquired this lovely pajama pattern, but again, they're not men's-style pajamas.
Readers, what do you think? Do you ever wear pajamas like the ones featured in New York magazine out of the house? Would you ever consider wearing them to work?
In other news, I had the privilege of spending a few hours over dinner yesterday evening with Elizabeth of the blog Sewn. Elizabeth is a highly skilled cook and charming host (can you say hostess anymore?) who, unfortunately, is a little challenged in the area of vintage Singer Featherweights. Hers is a lovely machine in excellent mechanical order but it was badly in need of a better-fitting bobbin to operate effectively. Fortunately, we found one among her sewing notions.
Friends, it's so true what they say, how Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Even an eccentric Martian like me enjoys coming to the aid of a Venusian in distress, and I felt proud that upon my exit, her machine was stitching beautifully and Elizabeth was no longer tugging at her tousled tresses in frustration.
Please don't think that just because I am a high-profile sewing personality, I am unapproachable. Pas du tout! If Elizabeth had only served dessert (and perhaps some decaf), I would gladly have helped her with any other small household tasks that needed attention. Maybe next time, Elizabeth!
In closing, readers, I must get your opinion about pajamas as daywear. Do you think I could wear these seersucker shorties out of the house -- perhaps to my next dinner/sewing machine maintenance engagement?
Street pajamas -- Yea or Nay?
Perhaps not the most memorable number from Astaire & Rogers' The Gay Divorcee, but full of cute lounging outfits (and a very young Betty Grable).
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!